Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #378
Ranked #1,314
4.23 | pDev: 10.4%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!
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Reviews by q33jeff:
Photo of q33jeff
3.24/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Dark black. Light white head.
AROMA is chocolate and vanilla. touch of coffee.
TASTE is chocolate more than coffee. Too Sweet.
FEEL: A bit syrupy like all the Blackwater. Ok."
Parallel tasting: 1 GD Espresso Yeti, 2. Lagunitas Capuccino Stout 3. Old Dominion Morning Glory 4. Southern tier Mokah

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had this on tap at the Cloverleaf last night for the first time. As heavy as this was on the chocolate and the alcohol, this was a nice beer that was true to form and was pretty much what I anticipated it would be, without being too dry. I just tasted too much chocolate and not enough of the coffee to rate this any higher.

The pour to this was dark but not black, with a tan head and enough lacing to be seen but not appreciated. Lots of bitter and baker's chocolate in the nose and even more in the taste, with a moderate oat presence that kicked in as this warmed up. Full to the taste, this was almost overload and could have used more espresso and coffee notes to round this out. Too potent and too sweet, this was a dessert by itself and once the alcohol fully came on, there was no stopping the potency of this!

This was strong in nearly every sense of the world and even though this booze wasn't a detraction here, a bit less of it and some more flavor would have made this outstanding. It reminded me too much of the Southern Tier Choklat with a bit of the Oat thrown in for good measure. In a style crowded with a lot of big names, this one fell short because of this overlap but if you're looking for a dessert in a bottle, this would be a good a choice as nearly any!

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

*Take this review with a grain of salt, will explain in article*

This is a delicious beer, it just doesn't taste even remotely like coffee. I had it in a growler that filled from a year old keg, so I'm wondering if the coffee flavor mellowed an extreme amount. It basically just tasted like a more mellow version of Choklat. Like every Southern Tier stout, this one is more of a dessert beer, but not as sweet as above mentioned Choklat. I enjoyed this beer, it just wasn't what I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Brewed with Jamaican coffee and Belgian chocolate, you have to love the American craft beer culture, as we see this as an amazing combo.

Not pitch black, but pretty damn close; light carbonation only gives up a thin lace. Choco- late is on top of the aroma with some charred grain, coffee and malt sweetness. With the carbonation being so light, the chocolate and coffee slam the mocha hammer down first and quick. Wet kiss of hop oil. The hop bitterness rears its head around the corner and stops there. Molasses maltiness plays well with the mocha character. Some warmth from the alcohol right away, and it warms more with each sip. Hint of burnt raisins middle to end. Finishes bittersweet with that alcoholic edge.

Flavor overload, very good but our taste buds are being worked over on this one. Set this one aside for the obvious dessert beer or digestif. The name says it all.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SAmple a cellar temp 22 oz bottle that I have sat on for about 3 years. The beer pours jet black with small creamy tan head foaming up that fades to a sturdy edge layer fairly quickly after pouring the beer.
The aroma is rich chocolatey malt, almost like a hot chocolate, very sweet nose. No hops and not really any booze on the nose even at 10% ABV.
First sip reveals a velvety smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. The body is fairly thick and coats my palate after every sip.
Flavor is what is anticipated from the nose with sweet chocolate dominating and a little brown sugar and some booze coming through on the finish. This is a big robust beer but isnt hot on the finish and is actually pretty drinkable. Not too complex but is certainly very enjoyable, a big malty sweet beer. NIce beer for a cool evening.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Jwale73
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle appropriately served in my ST tulip at the recommended 48 degrees. Poured the color of cola with a half inch khaki-colored head; frothy, but not dense. Cap eventually recedes into a tight band around the perimeter of the glass; some slashes and spots of lacing are revealed as the brew is consumed. Great nose - chocolate, coffee, dark fruity esters and caramel. Chocolate takes the forefront in the flavor department, albeit it comes off a little chalky. Some acidity is revealed towards the back. Not getting much of the coffee and caramel in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side for the style; really just shy of medium-bodied, but lacking the viscosity or chewiness of an American Double IS. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden on this one; just a feint suggestion of heat at the very back of the throat. As such, this brew goes down pretty easy. IMO, not as good as Jahva, but better than Choklat. Nonetheless, a solid big beer from ST.

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Photo of cmq103
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 22 oz. bottle, purchased @ the local Hamilton Twp. NJ Shoprite Liquors, poured (rather thick I might add) into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer is very dark brown, almost black in color with a small 1/4" light brown head that quickly dissipated into a thin, almost non-existent, light brown ring. Lacing was also almost non-existent.

Smell: Wow, I can actually smell this one with the glass sitting on a table next to me as I type up this review. What an initial amazingly sweet chocolate-expresso coffee aroma, finishing malty sweet. I also get a hint of caramel and vanilla bean. The strong smell of chocolate overcomes the mild "booziness" one expects from an Imperial Stout.

Taste: Dark bitter chocolate hits the tongue first, followed by a very sweet, expresso coffee. It kind of reminded me of drinking a cold expresso coffee after adding a few teaspoons (like 4-5) of sugar. Again, I can detect vanilla bean and malty caramel in the finish. Did I say I mention that this beer is syrupy sweet? It reminds me of a thinner sweet chocolate liqueur. This is definitely a dessert beer. As this beer warms, the booziness begins to rear its head both in smell and taste. This beer does a very good job with the abundance of flavor to make you forget your actually drinking an 11%'er.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation that tingles slightly before the tongue and taste buds are pounded with a syrupy sweet, mildy bitter dark chocolate-expresso blend.

Overall: I used Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (BBCS) as my benchmark, as BBCS is one of my top 5 beers. I must admit BBCS still remains my favorite chocolate/coffee Imperial Stout blends. Not that Mokah is not an outstanding "must-try" for any Imperial Stout fan, it just didn't rise to the same level as BBCS. This is my first Souther Tier beer and certainly won't be my last. I'm excited to try their Imperial Oatmeal Stout this weekend.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours jets black with no head at all. I poured it straight in to glass to get any kind of head but only got a little lacing around the glass.

Smell - tons of bakers chocolate some oakyness, vanilla and alcohol.

Taste - taste is similar to the smell. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate up front with enough vanilla to smooth out the bitterness of the burnt chocolate and coffee. Its got a good amount alcohol in the finish but the burnt chocolate sits around in the aftertaste. I'm a little disappointed because the mokah doesn't shine as much as I would have like. Its more bitter than sweet.

Overall it was good but not great southern tier brew I've had

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet, chocolate scent that's right in line with the style. The taste is great! It has a smooth chocolate flavor with a nice complimentary coffee taste. This is a damn nice dessert beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's a bit on the sweeter side, but I'm a huge fan.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy Crap! Dessert in a glass!

Had a schooner of this at Jones Radiator in Spokane. I ordered it in a schooner because I suspected this would be way too sweet in a pint glass. This was one of the better instinctive moves I've made during the course of my life.

Very dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that wasn't too terribly long-lived, not too surprising given the strength of this beer.

HUGE sweet scent, like a German sweet chocolate pie my Mom used to make many years ago before she became health conscious. Hops, malts, etc don't enter your mind when you smell this - instead, terms like pie, dessert, sweetness, and (not surprisingly) mocha are what you think of.

Big massive sweet dessert taste hits the tastebuds. It's big, rich and totally missing any sign of how much alcohol is in this beer. Drink this beer last - after anything else y9u wanted to drink, after your meal, after sex, whenever, but make sure nothing worthwhile comes after, as your body's ability to percieve it will be lessened!

Full-bodied, with a slick, slightly viscous mouthfeel.

This beer is not for the faint hearted. It's delicious, but it took me 40 minutes to drink a schooner. Not something to session or drink before or during a meal. But, oh, what a nightcap.

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2334 ratings